The Wellie Wishers are aimed at a slightly younger target market than the standard American Girl line, and as such are smaller, fully vinyl, and lower priced. I picked up Ashlyn, who has brown eyes and hair (with bangs/fringe) and the medium skin tone. Other than the hair/eye/skin options, all of the dolls have the same body (I'm not sure about the face moulds - there may be three of them? I don't have a great eye for that, so if you know for sure, please correct me!).
The boxes have a similar design to those of the full size AG dolls: The top and bottom are two separate pieces that slide apart (allowing the box to be reused), with a see-through plastic window that allows you to see the doll's face.
|In the box.|
|The inner layer.|
|The front of the booklet.|
|Inside the booklet (this side is in English - the reverse side has|
a shorter version of it in Spanish and French).
|Free from the box.|
|A better view of her freckles (and crown).|
On the negative side, her jointing if fairly limited. She stands well, but her arms and legs can only swing and her head can spin but not tilt. That's certainly not the end of the world, but her head seems to be set slightly forward, so without tilting ability she always looks slightly hunched forward.
|With her hands in the air.|
While we're on the topic of Hearts for Hearts, the dolls are very close in both size and style (as well as construction).
|Compared to Hearts for Hearts Surjan.|
|Undressed, the slight size difference is more obvious.|
|Ashlyn in Surjan's dress and Surjan in Ashlyn's t-shirt and skirt.|
|There's a significant size difference compared to|
the standard American Girl dolls.
|Compared to Sasha Caleb and Volks SDC Miko - less of|
a size gap than the AGs, but enough of a difference
that very few items will be able to cross over.
To recap, I think this line gets top marks for cuteness and for age appropriateness for the 5-7 set. Where they lose points, at least for me, is the lack of differentiation between lower priced equivalent lines. If they were priced in the $45-50 USD range, I'd say they were well worth paying full price for, but at $60 they strike me as being a bit over-priced for what they are. Still, I really like the face and I'm not disappointed that I picked this one up - and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more owner photos over time!
|A parting glance.|
ETA: Photo comparisons to Corolle and Paola Reina dolls in the same size range are now posted as part of my Les Chéries review.